Back To My Garden

Siletz Bay, Oregon

Siletz Bay, Oregon

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I’m finally back to my own garden after a little more than a week enjoyed along the Oregon coast.

Arriving home this morning around 1 AM, I was delighted to find the Azaleas still vividly opening, the trees covered in bright new leaves, and the first of the golden bearded Iris in bloom.  Cannas have poked their first leaves up through the mulch, and the geraniums we brought out of winter storage just before I left have sprouted new leaves along their bare stems.

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"D" River State Park at sunset

“D” River State Park at sunset

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How wonderful to be back at home in my own garden!

The week in Oregon with family was a wonderful gift, and I enjoyed every minute of the trip.

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Siletz Bay, low tide

Siletz Bay, low tide

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Oregon is stunningly beautiful, especially along the coast.  This time, Ricki at Sprig to Twig  had tipped me off to visit the Connie Hanson Garden.

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April 30, 2015 Oregon in  April 647~

You will see many of the photos I took there over the next few days.  What a treasure of gorgeous Iris, Rhododendrons, ferns, Columbine, and countless other perennials, bulbs, trees, and shrubs gathered in a peaceful setting maintained by volunteers.

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April 30, 2015 Oregon in  April 639

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Some of you know the real reason for my trip, which centered on spending some extended quality time with a certain very little person who is happily learning to walk and do so many new things.

These precious first years are so special and fleeting.  Many of the photos I’ll share with you over the next few days were taken while also pushing a stroller and enjoying all of this amazing beauty with her.

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Granddaughter and I enjoyed the Connie Hanson gardens together.

Granddaughter and I enjoyed the Connie Hanson gardens together.

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This was my first trip to Oregon in April.  Oregon’s spring came early this year, after a very mild winter.  Still, the gardens along the coast are only a week or so ahead of ours at this point.  We’ve caught up quickly. 

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The garden across the street from our beach access stairs....

The garden across the street from our beach access stairs….

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Oregonians are tremendous gardeners.  The humblest little cottages have Rhododendrons and Callas, Azaleas, Iris, ferns and Rosemary in bloom in their tiny yards.  Abundant rain and a mild climate nurture such lush and vivid growth.  A simple drive to the grocery or the next town down the coast is filled with beautiful sights.

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Another gardener's garden along the way of our walks...

Another gardener’s garden along the way of our walks…

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A week with spotty Wi-Fi, a hand held tablet, and very full schedule precluded much posting to Forest Garden; but I checked in to read comments and see others’ blogs as I was able.  I wasn’t there long enough to adjust to PDT, and kept thinking (and living) dually in EDT and PDT.

Sleep wasn’t high on the agenda for the week.  But I watched every sunset and walked the beach every evening that weather permitted, fully aware that friends and family back in Virginia were approaching midnight as the last rays of daylight drained from the sky over the Pacific.

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Monday evening, at nearly 9 PM, but I was on the deck enjoying this sunset.

Monday evening, at nearly 9 PM, but I was on the deck enjoying this sunset.

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Bags unpacked, first dinner home cooked, cat groomed and photos downloaded; I’m settling in to home again.  My partner and I have admired the garden together, and my mental list of things to do in the garden keeps growing.

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April 30, 2015 Oregon in  April 418

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But a tender part of my heart remains on the Oregon coast, with a certain little someone who is blessed to live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

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She can hear seals barking to one another from the beach, see whales swimming off the coast, fall asleep listing to the calls of sea birds, and grow up among the beautiful forests which cling to the mountains near her home.

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While away, I took about a hundred photos a day.  And my heart took more still.

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April 30, 2015 Oregon in  April 511

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One of the most beautiful sights, which no camera could capture, was a golden sunset streaming through the clouds as we approached ORD last evening.  It was cool and rainy on the ground.  But on the approach, a tremendous vertical rainbow appeared in the clouds; a column of vivid color where the sun’s rays illuminated the interior of the clouds.

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Along the walk to the kids' play area at the aquarium in Newport, OR.

Along the walk to the kids’ play area at the aquarium in Newport, OR.

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The week has been about light and shadow, growth, rain, and new beginnings.  I hope you will enjoy sharing a bit of it with me.

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April 30, 2015 Oregon in  April 662

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Woodland Gnome 2015

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Lifelong teacher and gardener.

19 responses to “Back To My Garden

  1. Gardens do have a way of getting on while we are gone… we were stunned by the changes that occurred in ours the month we were away. Actually… we’re still stunned and finding our way through!!!
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    It’s a joy to hear of your travels and arrival back home safe… with so many lovely memories.

    • Thank you, Jane. My partner stayed home to keep things going here- so all potted things made it through my absence just fine. He did a fine job of keeping up with things- but leaves weeding/pruning to me. I’m itching to get out there into the garden tomorrow 😉

  2. Welcome back, WG. Good to hear you had a great trip and thank you for sharing the photos with us.
    Have a great weekend in your garden. I expect there are plenty of jobs to be done.

    • Thank you, Hugh 😉 There is plenty to be done, but I’m headed off again today to visit with my family here, and see how they have been doing in my absence. The garden is growing famously and will just have to wait another day for the loving touch of pruners, twine, and the weed eater! The sun peeked out this morning, and it will surely entice a few more iris into bloom. Hope you are doing famously and enjoying spring in beautiful England. Best wishes, WG

      • We are in the mitts of a cold snap. Rain, hail and wind, plus the heating is back on! We had lovely April weather though.

        • So much for Beltane… I hope your weather will settle out into something actually pleasant very soon 😉 I ran heat during my entire trip to OR at night, and came home to find heat on at night here as well. We’re on the warming side again as of today, and hope you will be, too. Best wishes, WG

  3. Getting that babe off to a good start…making a new gardener. Glad you enjoyed your time in our state (of wonder).

    • Your perpetual state of wonder? I have found paradise…. Yes- and she loved the gardens, the singing of the creek, the bees on the Ajuga blossoms, I could go on 😉 thank you so much, Ricki. You made it possible for me to find this special place. Hugs, WG

  4. Welcome back. Looks from the photos like the weather was good and spending time with your little button must have been the best part!

    • Absolutely! Little one was wonderfully accepting of a novice grandma, as were her mom and dad. Weather was a bit cooler and wetter than it has been earlier in the spring, but I came home to the same to make for a smooth transition. As you probably know, the weather is immensely changeable out there. Even rainy days often clear off into glorious sunsets. I’ll just say that I could have taken a single sweater and pair of jeans and been fine for the week…. 😉

  5. I’m so happy you enjoyed a lovely trip to visit your family and the Oregon coast. Your pictures are beautiful and I”m looking forward to seeing more over the next few days. it looks like you had lots of quality time with your grand-daughter and made memories to treasure. Welcome back. Blessings,Sarah

    • Thank you so very much, Sarah. it was an amazingly smooth and joy-filled trip. There are nearly 700 photos, and I’ll share bits of the best of them 😉 I hope it has been a good time for you, too, and that your garden has finally awakened to spring time 😉 Giant hugs, WG

  6. Your ocean, garden and forest shots are all beautiful. Lovely heart stone.

  7. Welcome back. What a glorious week full of lovely memories! I shall look forward to seeing more of your trip.

    • Thank you, Cathy 😉 It was absolutely a joy to spend such an extended period of time with my daughter and her family in Oregon. She was generous in taking me to all of the best spots for landscape photos and allowing me plenty of time with the little one. It was a wonderful time for any gardener to be in Oregon, just as all of the gardens are coming into the fullness of their spring beauty. And, I found a gorgeous pottery vase for a post very soon 😉 Best wishes, WG

  8. farseems

    Welcome, welcome, welcome back! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip with the wee one. The joy of your hear and soul. And already a taste of beauty of Oregan. Welcome, welcome, welcome back.

    • Thank you so much 😉 And thank you for your wonderful dinner in my absence. I’ve heard such a lovely report 😉 I have photos for you of her wearing your beautiful knitted dress, which is so beautiful and so appreciated. Perfect colors 😉 Will look forward to seeing you perhaps tomorrow or Sunday? Giant hugs ❤

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